AMN Picks of the Week: Tag Cloud / Satoko Fujii / Dathon / Nick Fraser / SiP

English: Japanese avant-garde jazz pianist and...

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Tag Cloud – Pattern Recognition (2017)
Satoko Fujii / Orchestra NY – Fukushima (2017)
Dathon – Vacua (2017)
Nick Fraser – Is Life Long? (2017)
SiP – Live at the Whistler (2017)

2017 Best of Lists from Around the Web: Part V

It’s that time again. We gather best-of-2017 lists from around the web and provide links here.

Sure, we haven’t reached the end of the year yet, but some intrepid individuals just cannot be held back. The AMN Best of 2017 is coming in early January. Stay tuned…

The best jazz noise of 2017.

Alexander Varty’s top albums of 2017.

Nextbop’s favorite jazz albums of 2017.

Bandcamp’s best contemporary classical of 2017.

Previous lists:

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV

Chicago Scene: December 23-30, 2017

Hamid Drake at Moers Festival 2006, Germany

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, December 23rd 2017

6:00AM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($27)
27th Anniversary Winter Solstice Concerts
Michael Zerang, Hamid Drake

7:30PM at Rootwork Gallery, 645 W 18th, 917.821.3050 (Free)
Baker and Boykin: Collaboration and Conversation
David Boykin, Renée Baker

Wednesday, December 27th 2017

8:00PM at Sugar Maple, 441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee WI, 414.481.2393 ($15)
DKV Trio : Hamid Drake, Kent Kessler, Ken Vandermark

8:30PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Splice Series
Peter Maunu, Carol Genetti, Jaimie Branch, Andrew Clinkman

Thursday, December 28th 2017

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($20)
DKV Trio : Ken Vandermark, Kent Kessler, Hamid Drake, special guest Joe McPhee

Friday, December 29th 2017

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($20)
DKV Trio : Ken Vandermark, Kent Kessler, Hamid Drake, special guest Joe McPhee

Saturday, December 30th 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($40-$30)
The Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen

10:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($40-$30)
The Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/

Brandon Seabrook’s Latest Albums Reviewed

Source: Bleader.

I generally consider Brandon Seabrook a jazz guitarist, and over the years he’s made plenty of recordings where he plays in that tradition, both in relatively straightforward bands led by the likes of Ben Allison, Jeremy Udden, and Eivind Opsvik and in unusually charged ways alongside folks such as saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos and drummer Tomas Fujiwara. Seabrook’s main instrument is electric guitar, but he’s also done a lot of fascinating playing on tenor banjo, including in Brian Carpenter’s exploratory trad-jazz ensemble the Ghost Train Orchestra and his own early trio Seabrook Power Plant. But this year Seabrook has released two powerful records that explicitly tap into his roots in metal, though it’d be risky to describe them as either metal or jazz.

Jazzword Reviews

Source: Jazzword.

The Holy Quintet
Borough

Jamie Drouin & Hannes Lingens
Alluvium

Anne LeBaron/Andrea Centazzo/Andrew Raffo Dewar
Encantamientos

Pauline Oliveros + Connie Crothers
Live At the Stone

George Lewis & Splitter Orchestra
Creative Construction Set™

Guelph Jazz Festival
September 13-17, 2017